The Power of Collaboration: Second Life Faculty Members and Support Personnel Share Facilities, Ideas, and Research

ID: 40088 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Patricia Anderson, Maureen Ellis, and Sharon Kibbe, East Carolina University, United States

Thursday, October 24 11:35-11:55 AM Location: Versailles 1 View on map

Presider: Pamella Seay, Florida Gulf Coast University, United States

Abstract: Steeped in the Constructivist Theory, the Second Life environment offers prospects for new types of collaborative and participative teaching, learning, and research. Two faculty members and a support person work together to share teaching strategies, learning opportunities for students and for themselves, and research projects while sharing a unique space in the Second Life environment. Working with a mixture of several different content areas and courses, the faculty members deliver instruction and lead learning for students in the same Second Life space, designed and maintained by Second Life campus experts. Listening to the "story" of this collaborative work will stir ideas among participants who listen to the multiple examples of this powerful and ongoing work. Presenters will share their experiences and provide suggestions for novices in the Second Life environment, all the while demonstrating the use of the designated Second Life space using their individual avatars.

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